GCC weighs freight costs vs. steep capital outlay in Texas plant expansion

Sources: GCC S.A.B. de C.V., Chihuahua, Mexico; CP staff GCC plans to add more than 1 million metric tons of annual capacity to its Odessa, Texas cement plant. The project’s $750 million budget will almost surely set a new dollar/ton of output watermark for a cement operation in North America, where recent outlays of comparable clinker capacity have trended below…

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Euclid acquires Chryso’s NA cement grinding aid, additives business

Sources: Euclid Chemical, Cleveland; CP staff  Euclid Chemical has expanded its concrete admixture and construction chemicals portfolio with the Chryso Inc. cement grinding aid and additives business, along with related intellectual property, in North America. The business spans Conventional Grinding Aid, Strength Enhancer, Technical Additive and Chromium VI Reduction groups. The first two include agents for improving fineness characteristics and…

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Lehigh Cement sets new watermark for clinker + limestone + ash blends

Lehigh Hanson Inc. is extending its recently launched, carbon-wise EcoCem portland-limestone cement series with EcoCem PLUS, milled at the Lehigh Cement Edmonton Plant and Terminal and debuting in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Finished by inter-grinding cement clinker, fly ash, limestone and gypsum, the material outperforms traditional CSA Group-grade (High Sulphate Limestone blend) HSLb-20F powder in resisting sulphate attack, common in…

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Investors back cement-wise artificial intelligence tech developer Seebo

Sources: Seebo, Tel Aviv; CP staff A $24 million financing round will position Seebo to enhance its Process-Based Artificial Intelligence solution for cement companies and their peers across industrial and consumer products. Company programmers have demonstrated the solution’s potential to assist cement operators in reducing kiln feed variance and improving clinker quality; increasing kiln throughput; extending refractory service life; optimizing…

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Eagle looks east in cement, inking $400 million Cemex Fairborn mill deal

Sources: Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas; CP staff

A definitive agreement with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. will net Eagle Materials a Xenia, Ohio (Fairborn) cement plant, plus Columbus terminal, cement bagging operation and related assets. The $400 million deal is projected to close in the fourth quarter and could increase the suitor’s cement output by up to 20 percent.

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MIT researchers model stronger cement on theory behind Corning Gorilla Glass

Sources: Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Corning Inc., New York; CP staff

Borrowing from a ‘rigidity theory’ that has led Corning Inc. engineers to the high performance Gorilla Glass—its toughness in thin sections equal to smartphone and laptop computer screens—the Concrete Sustainability Hub is studying potential portland cement reformulation aimed at higher fracture resistance than current ASTM C 150 product.

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